'Christian Aid's Poverty can be eradicated poster' photo (c) 2009, Howard Lake - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Poverty is not an “excuse,” as some school reformers charge, but it is a challenge and a reality facing many of our students that has a huge effect on their learning (and our teaching).

I thought it might be useful to take a look at very recent visualizations of poverty in the U.S. and around the world, and plan to update this list in future years.

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Here are my choices for The Best Visualizations Of Poverty In The U.S. & In The World:


The US Census has many interactives.

US poverty mapped – interactive is from The Guardian.

Talk Poverty has some excellent visualizations.

America’s poorest poor: the best and worst cities is another interactive from The Guardian.

The Kids Count Data Center is from The Annie Casey Foundation.

The American Human Development Index is from Measure of America.

Below The Line: Portraits of American Poverty is a photo gallery from TIME.

Poverty in the 50 years since ‘The Other America,’ in five charts is from The Washington Post.

The US poverty map is a useful interactive from The Guardian.

Mapping Poverty in America is from The New York Times.

KQED has some good infographics on poverty:

America, the Land of Opportunity? Not for Most Poor Kids, One Study Finds

Infographic: What Does it Mean to Be Poor in America?

Poverty Line Problems: The History of an Outdated Measurement (Infographic)

Geography of Poverty is from MSNBC.

Child Poverty Down for Whites, Asians, Hispanics, But Steady for Blacks is from NBC News and has an interactive from Pew.

Poverty USA is from the Campaign For Human Development, and shows different poverty-related statistics for each county in the United States.


The Index Mundi has multiple maps.

The Multidimensional Poverty Index comes from the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative.

Human Development Index: how does your country compare? is from The Guardian.

“What Eating At The Poverty Line Is Like Around The World” is a very interesting slideshow and project. The photos portray the food that a person in different countries can afford to purchase if they live in poverty.

Map: How 35 countries compare on child poverty (the U.S. is ranked 34th) is from The Washington Post.

Here’s how Google Maps Mania describes the Global Poverty Map:

The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative has developed a method for measuring poverty that takes into account a number of factors, including health, education, and living standards. This Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is made up of ten indicators, divided into these three main dimensions of poverty.

The Global Poverty Map provides a number of global views of poverty based on the MPI. The map provides an overview of poverty around the world based on the 2014 Global MPI findings, with each country shaded on the map based on each country’s MPI score.

12 Data visualizations that illustrate poverty’s biggest challenges


Additional suggestions are welcome.

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